Java is more than a new programming language. It's the fuel of the new economy. The Big Sky Bistro, from Porter Products, lets you run on high-octane fuel while enjoying the convenience of regular. The Big Sky Bistro combines the brewing power of traditional French-press coffeemakers with the portability of those ubiquitous plastic travel mugs. Just scoop four tablespoons of medium-ground coffee into the mug, pour near-boiling water within an inch of the top, and place the lid-and-plunger unit inside. After the coffee has steeped for four minutes, push down the plunger. You can drink your 16 ounces of freshly brewed coffee straight from the mug.
The Big Sky Bistro costs $15.95. To order, call Porter Products Inc. 888-327-9908 or visit the Web www.bigskybistro.com .
A version of this article appeared in the October 1998 issue of Fast Company magazine.